Kouign-Amann at Petit Piquant

I had the pleasure of tasting the Kouign Amann at Petit Piquant, a local French bakery located in West Tampa. I had sampled this pastry before at a bakery in New York and fell in love. None of the bakeries in my neck of the woods even seemed to know what they were so I do not get to enjoy them often.

Needless to say, you can imagine I was delighted to hear that Piquant was adding this treat to their daily offerings. They were not only going to have the traditional sugar one which I had become familiar with but also sweet and savory stuffed varieties as well.

I have long been a fan of Piquant’s pastries since tasting their popular croissant doughnut many years ago so if anyone could make me fall in love with the Kouign Amann again, I was certain it would be Chef Castro and Chef Rosana.

When I arrived the Kouign Amann’s were still in the oven baking. So while I waited, I spent time learning more about the Kouign Amann and why the chefs were adding it to the lineup. The Kouign Amann originates in the Brittany region of the France. The Kouign Amann is best described as a mix between the croissant and brioche. The Kouign-Amann is equal parts crackly caramelization and flakey, buttery layers with every bite.

 

I sampled the Guava, Passion Fruit, Lemon and Cinnamon Sugar Kouign-Amann. Whereas are all delicious, I really loved the Guava and Passion Fruit Kouign Amanns.

Guava is a quintessential flavor of Tampa. As a result, I am a true sucker for guava inside of my pastries. The Guava Kouign Amann would make any Tampa native nostalgic and happy.

Passion Fruit is another one of my favorite flavors. Sometimes passion fruit can be a bit too tart but the Passion Fruit Kouign Amann was a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Being the sweet fiend I am, I totally thought I was going to prefer the sweet Kougin Amanns to the savory ones hands down. After tasting the Chorizo and Lox Kouign Amanns at Piquant, I must say that I just have to have them both. I mean a combination of sweet and savory does make for a complete meal right?!

Seriously I must admit I am not a huge fan of chorizo or lox usually. But listen here, Chef Castro and Chef Rosana have made me a convert with their version of this pastry.

The Chorizo Kougin Amann has chorizo, goat cheese, and caramelized onions. The Lox Kougin Amann has smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, onions, and capers. Let me reiterate, I am not usually a fan of chorizo or lox and I loved both of these. The crust on the savory Kouign Amanns are buttery and perfectly salted. Like seriously it has been hard to resist going back again every day this week to get more.

Although I did not sample it, after having chats with some of my foodie friends, I hear that the Short Rib Kouign Amann is noteworthy too. You know what that means, this greedy girl will be back to try that one soon.

If you cannot tell already let me say it plainly, the Kouign Amanns at Petit Piquant are delectable. I did not have one I did not like. I would seriously tell you to hurry over and try them for yourself. Before you all rush over, I’ll let you in on a secret from the chefs – the pastries are made in house daily so they are not usually available until about 11 am each day given the amount of time taken to produce the quality product we all love. You may want to call before you go though because this is my new obsession so if you do not beat me there, you may find them sold out.

(FYI – I am only kind of joking)

 

 

Disclosure: Even though this tasting was complimentary provided by the owners of Piquant Brands, I could not be persuaded to fake my genuine excitement for this product. This post is an honest review expressing my own opinions and thoughts.

 

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19 Comments

  1. August 18, 2017 / 10:16 AM

    I screenshoted the name because I’m going to New York next week and I want to try this place. It looks amazing. I love pastries!

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 10:27 AM

      Monique, Petit Piquant is in Tampa, Florida. If you want a Kougin Amann in New York though, I suggest going to Dominique Ansel. He is the founder of the cronut, their version is called a DKA. Unless you are wanting a cronut, skip the line and go right inside.

  2. staciesayzso
    August 18, 2017 / 11:02 AM

    These pastries look delicious, I’m not sure we have anything even close to this in my neck of the woods. I’ll have to look around so I can try a croissant doughnut.

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 11:13 AM

      That sounds like a good reason to take a trip to Tampa. I can show you all of the great places to eat.

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 12:56 PM

      You need to tell me where because when I was in DC this summer, I did not have the best foodie experiences.

  3. August 19, 2017 / 7:35 PM

    OMG it all looks so good. I’m glad it tasted great and you had a good time.

  4. August 20, 2017 / 5:09 PM

    Everything looks so good, I love good pastries. I will have to check this place out if I’m ever in the area!

  5. Carissa (The Green Eyed Lady)
    August 20, 2017 / 9:28 PM

    I love bakeries and this one sounds amazing! Glad you had a great time, I would’ve wanted to taste EVERYTHING!

  6. August 20, 2017 / 11:02 PM

    Oh my! I think I got a cavity looking at these lovely pastries! I am going to have to find a pastry shop now in my area. Glad you enjoyed it and your sweet tooth was happy!

  7. August 21, 2017 / 12:18 AM

    Bread is my weakness. I want to try the donut and croissant mix. Im not a big fan of fruit inside a pastry, so I probably wouldn’t like that one. The savory sounds good although I have never tasted lox before. Glad I don’t live close because I would go now to taste. LOL

    • Tia
      August 21, 2017 / 8:37 AM

      There is a sugar Kougin Amann which is not stuffed if that’s not your thing. If you are ever in town I will be glad to join you for a tasting because they have a lot of great food and baked goods.

  8. August 21, 2017 / 5:08 AM

    I’ve been here before and the pasties are delicious my husband’s love tge coffee.

    • Tia
      August 21, 2017 / 8:37 AM

      Do you live in Florida too?

  9. August 21, 2017 / 8:44 AM

    Oh my! My sweet tooth just almost jumped out my mouth. That looks so darn good!!

  10. August 22, 2017 / 10:42 AM

    Oh my goodness!! Yum!! I love Brioche and Croissant so I know I would have been in pastry heaven with this.

    • Tia
      August 22, 2017 / 10:59 AM

      It’s crazy how addicted I am. I have to resist going in there multiple times a week.

  11. September 1, 2017 / 3:31 AM

    Can I just say I love how good this looks. I want to eat one so bad!! I’m a sucker for anything baked and these look yum. I especially love that they are made in house daily. 🙂

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